After the slight uncertainty of tone in the first series, series two is when the team really found their feet and delivered their most consistently entertaining episodes: series one may have given us the Parrot Sketch, but it's series two where you'll find the Ministry of Silly Walks and the Spanish Inquisition ("Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!"). Unfortunately, Sony's initial release doesn't give the show the respect it deserves - as with the earlier three series, the disc has no extras and, more irritatingly, no play all option - you have to go through the menu and the copyright warning on each episode. Seek out the 2008 special edition boxed set or the US version from A&E instead.
on 28 March 2012
The difficult second album (or series). It was not a curse that afflicted perhaps the greatest comic troupe that has ever lived. I am not going to tell you what's in each sketch like some other reviewer did in a Gradgrindian 'now what I want is facts' manner; I shall merely offer some reasons as to why this is worthy of your purchase.
Firstly, there is no let up from the second series. If you are after classic sketches, the second series will delight you with such offerings as 'The Spanish Inquisition'. What makes it better than just the original sketch by itself, is that you get to discover how the Pythons thematically structure the whole episode around these hapless inquisitors. It's a great example of their stream-of-consciousness approach. 'The Silly Walks' episode begins in a similar fashion. The manic and surprisingly spot-on 'Election Night Special' also features in this series.
I also think the consistency throughout episodes is another strong reason for looking at the second. The 'It's a Living' episode is a great example of this, delivering high quality sketches that range from the manic 'School Prize Giving' which delightfully segues into a parody of the movie 'If'. They also demonstrate in this episode their sheer range, from the wicked David Frost satire of 'Timmy Williams' to the surrealism of Mr. Raymond Luxury Yacht.
In sum, a definite purchase for fans of the Pythons and my personal favourite from all of the series.
on 25 June 2013
I have recently discovered Python, and I'm kicking myself for not paying any attention to it sooner. It's brilliant.
The second series is more polished than the first, but it doesn't lose any of that originality or edginess that you don't find in more recent comedy.
My only grumble with the DVD is that there is no play all function, so after each episode it goes back to the menu, and you have to select the next one. I find it slightly irritating that I have to keep the remote to hand the whole time in order to keep a steady flow.
However for the value for money, and the quality of viewing I can't complain too much.
on 15 February 2014
The second series of Monty Python's Flying Circus is seen by some fans a a step down from the first series (John Cleese himself even felt they were starting to repeat themselves towards the end), however it is still very entertaining with some of the best sketches in the shows history including The Dirty Hungarian Phrasebook Sketch, The Ministry of Silly Walks, The Spanish Inquisition, The Undertaker Sketch and of course the famous Spam sketch.